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Olympia

School District

1113 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Office: (360) 596-6100

News

Here at the OSD it is our goal to provide as many resources as possible to keep you informed about what is going on in our district. This page provides a detailed list of those resources that will keep you updated on all the news and events going on in our district!

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    Current Headlines

    Y-Care, Boys & Girls Club to Open Early May 26

    We have received some good newsfrom the YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs. Both Y-Care (at all current OSD locations) and Boys & Girls Club (at Jefferson Middle School) will open early on Tuesday, May 26 to provide families with child care at the time school is released on the half-day schedule. Thanks to both these organizations for helping provide this service to families. If you have specific questions, please contact Y-Care and/or the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County. 

    Published: 2015-05-21

    URGENT: Tues., May 26 Now A Half Day of School

    The Olympia Education Association (OEA) has informed the district that it will hold a half-day walkout in response to the Legislature’s failure to adhere to the State’s Constitutional mandate to fully fund public education. The OEA has made it clear that this is not an action against the Olympia School District. The half-day walkout will take place the afternoon of Tuesday, May 26. Here are some details families will need to know for that day:

    - Students will be released mid-day at the same time they are typically released on half days (except ORLA hConnect: 11:20am release, iConnect: 11:30am release, Montessori: 12:10am release). For release times for your school, click here, scroll to find your school and view the column on the right titled “Half Day Dismissal Time”.

    - Half-day kindergarten (morning and afternoon) and preschool classes will be cancelled. Full-day kindergarten will be in session and students will be released on the half-day schedule at the same time as other students. 

    - Transportation will run on the half-day schedule. Sack lunches will be available for students.

    - Previously-scheduled athletic competitions will continue as planned. If you have questions about whether your school will hold other after-school activities, please contact your school office.

    Y-Care (at all OSD sites that currently have Y-Care) and Boys and Girls Club (at Jefferson Middle School) will open early to accomodate families and provide a seamless transition for child care.

    The Olympia School District will make up this lost instructional time for students. The make-up will take place on the last day of school, June 12, which will change from a half day to a full day of school with normal operating hours, transportation, school lunches, preschool, kindergarten, etc. 

    Published: 2015-05-20

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    Summer School 2015

    Summer School registration is now available!  Classes begin on Monday, June 29 and run through July 30.  School will be in session Monday through Thursday mornings and is for Middle and High School students only. The summer school program will be held at Capital High School.  Please click on the "read more" link below for additional information and registration forms.

    Published: 2015-04-21

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    Draft of 2015-16 School Calendar

    Here is a draft of the 2015-16 school year calendar. Winter Break, spring break and all other holidays are final, while remaining details are subject to change.  Status will be updated once the calendar has been finalized. School starts Sept. 9!

    Published: 2015-03-17

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    Kindergarten Registration Materials Now Available

    School specific registration information and materials for the 2015-16 school year are now available.  Please visit our Kindergarten Registration page for all the specific details you need to prep for the upcoming school year. Registration packets will soon be available at the front office of your home elementary school.

    Published: 2015-03-13

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    Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment

    Would you like to know more about the Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment that many of our students will take this spring? Click on the link below for a host of resources, including a link to sample tests you can use to help your student get prepared. 

    Published: 2015-03-12

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    Budget - Seeking Your Input!

    The Olympia School District is beginning to develop its 2015-16 school year budget.  If you would like to offer input into how the district will prioritize spending for the following year, we invite you attend one of our public budget forums:

    • Tuesday, May 19 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Reeves Middle School, 2200 Quince St. NE, Library
    • Wednesday, May 20 – Noon to 2 p.m., Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way SE, Room 301

    Take our budget survey!

    Typically we would have a draft budget for review at these spring forums. Unfortunately, this year we have been unable to build a budget because the Legislature has not yet acted and we do not have the major details we would need to build a proposed budget. As a result, we are using these forums as a way to get citizens' thoughts about how the district should prioritize spending once we do get specifics from the Legislature.  The forums will begin with an overview of the budget process, what we know at this point, some "givens" that will likely need to be funded and other options on the table. We will spend the remaining time asking forum attendees for their ideas about how they think the district should prioritize resources. We hope to see you there! If you cannot make the budget forums, we invite you to complete our budget survey, which will remain open until the district has enough information from the state to draft a budget.

    Published: 2015-04-03

    Safe Schools Alert

    Safety is our top priority.  SafeSchools Alert is a reporting system that allows students, staff, and parents to submit concerns to our administration in four different ways; phone, text, email or via the web.  Anyone may easily report on bullying, harassment, alcohol/other drugs, vandalism or safety concerns through the SafeSchools Alert process.  Tips may be submitted anonymously.

    If you have questions, contact your school principal or the District Compliance Officer, Jeff Carpenter at (360) 596-8544.

    Published: 2015-01-07

    Ways of keeping up with us

    Facebook

    In January of 2012 the OSD joined the Facebook community. Since that time we have made it a priority to update our Facebook page on a daily basis with news and events taking place in our District. Whether it's information on upcoming theatrical performances taking place in our District, to links to local news articles featuring schools or students in our District, we make it a point to post it all on our page. Please take a second to browse our Facebook page, and if you like what you see you can 'like us' to receive automatic updates: www.facebook.com/OlympiaSchoolDistrict.

    Twitter

    Similar to our Facebook page, our Twitter account is available with daily District updates. Our Twitter account is tied to our Facebook account so that any postings we make on Facebook are automatically posted on Twitter so you won't miss a thing! Take a look at our Twitter page and if you like what you see you can 'follow us' to receive all of our tweets: www.twitter.com/OlympiaSchools.

    News & Notes

    Throughout the school year Superintendent Dick Cvitanich and our Communications team put together a News & Notes feature with stories and photos of news items that recently took place throughout our district. This is a great way to get a peek into all the great events and activities going on in the schools. Take a peek at our News & Notes page!

    Friends of the OSD

    Once a month we send out our Friends of the OSD email to our email list. This is a monthly recap of news and events that took place throughout the District. This is a combination of materials from our Friday Updates, Facebook posts, as well as news fresh off the press!

    Subscribe to receive regular email updates as well as emergency and school closure notices.

    If you have something you’d like to see added, send the information to Conor Schober and we’ll work to get it posted to this page.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:
    Communications & Community Relations
    1113 Legion Way SE
    Olympia, WA 98501

    Voice: 360.596-6103 / Fax: 360.596.6101

    Rebecca Japhet, Communications Director 596-6104
    Conor Schober
    , Communications Specialist 596-6108
    Dave Eilers
    , Web Developer 596-6106